Lefkippos is managed by the Innovation Office of NCSR Demokritos, staffed with skilled personnel ready to support innovation-driven ideas and entrepreneurship. The Office maintains long-term collaborations with experts in Technology Transfer, who address specific issues related to intellectual property rights, VC funding, international networking, other business-oriented legal aspects etc.
The operation of Lefkippos is overseen by a five-member Advisory Committee of Researchers who often acts as liaison, communicating special needs and aspirations of companies to Demokritos’ Administration. All the executive decisions are made by the Board of Directors of the Centre.
Innovation Support at Lefkippos comes step by step:
It starts with the support of Researchers, their ideas and discoveries. Research groups can be consulted and if needed coached either to start a spin-off or to negotiate a licensing agreement of their IP or research-related services.
Once a company is founded it can readily access space at Lefkippos, and receives support either for pursuing research grants, for proof-of-concept demonstrations, for attracting VC investments, participate in innovation-competitions, find necessary partners.
For the entire tenure of a company at Lefkippos it receives constant support for networking and publicity activities, for direct access to specialized laboratories, for the construction of prototypes and eventually for scaling-up.